Fantastic Crowdfunding Perks and Where to Find Them

By any given measure, there’s never been a better time to make a film. Equipment is easier to find than ever – if you’re reading this on your smartphone, you already have all the equipment you need. Now, there is fantastic training available online. And great video essays keep sprouting up online completely for free, […]

Why You Should Care About Independent Film Festivals

Did you know that Cannes is actually a fairly boring city? All eyes are on it during those ten days in May, after all that’s exciting, isn’t it? Ken Loach flies in to collect a prize for a surprise-late-career angry social drama. Woody Allen just stands there, still jet-lagged from the flight, looking bored at his own […]

7 Tropes to Help Your Sci-Fi Script

Sci-Fi is a wonderful genre, full of story–telling possibilities as endless as the stars themselves. This is true from both a science and fiction standpoint. Far too often however science fiction films rely on the same tried and true methods to keep the audience entertained. This in not necessarily a bad thing, it makes science fiction […]

5 tips I’d give myself if I was starting uni over again…

Just under a year ago, I graduated from a BA Film and Animation course. Since graduating, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some great people and work on some fantastic stuff. But, whilst in thought the other day, I realised how much I would do differently if I could go back in time and start […]

Film Marketing Essentials – 5 Tips To Sell Your Film

I’m writing from Berlin, scratching my head about film marketing. I’m sitting in my hotel room after a hectic first day of the European Film Market. I’ve spent the day on the busy trading floors of the Martin Gropius Bau and the crowded hotel lobbies of the Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and the Marriot. Here’s the common […]

Production Design and A Cure for Wellness

Director Gore Verbinski’s latest film A Cure for Wellness is a psychological thriller with dark imagery and beautiful scenery. The film’s twisted story is delivered through fantastic set design and a clever use of props, are by far the most compelling parts of A Cure for Wellness. The film does a great job of highlighting […]

Visual effects are just for the big boys, right? (Part 1)

We’ve all seen those big visual effects block busters from the studios: Avengers Assemble, Independence Day etc. Personally, I love them: they’re great fun, and impressive to watch but it’s easy to get the idea that visual effects are just for the blockbusters. It has often been said that, actually, the best visual effects are those that […]

In Praise Of Low Budget Filmmaking Masterclass

Learn from R`aindance founder Elliot Grove about how to make movies for very little money. He never calls them micro or low budget. He refers to them low budget films as the result of ‘resource based creativity’.

Canadian Directors to Keep on Your Radar

In an ever changing industry that has been dominated for so long by American hollywood us Canadians are hungrier than ever to consume content that comes from home. Many Canadian filmgoers will know the more popular northern filmmakers like Cronenberg but how are we supposed to identify the directors not in the spotlight?  As Canadians […]

Virtual Body Horror: An eXistenZ Retrospective

  With the recent rise in popularity of virtual reality gaming lets take a look at a film that touched on this new form of entertainment almost two decades ago. eXistenZ is a 1999 Canadian science fiction film written, produced and directed by David Cronenberg. The film stars Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh and features […]